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Nurs Clin North Am. 2013 Mar;48(1):159-64. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2012.12.004. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

Asthma in the workplace.

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Advocate Health Care, Advocate Medical Group, Occupational Health Orland Park Center, 9550 West 167th Street, Orland Park, IL 60467, USA. laura.lemmenes@advocatehealth.com

Abstract

Occupational asthma (OA) refers to asthma that occurs as a result of workplace inhalation exposures. Most workers exposed to antigens and irritants will not develop OA. Although much more study focused on OA needs to be completed, it can be stated with some surety that identification of IgE-mediated sensitization and bronchial hyperresponsiveness occurs with OA. Also, extreme short-term chemical exposures versus a cumulative effect of chemical exposures will need continued evaluation to determine tolerable levels that do not cause harm. Health care providers often seek guidance from NIOSH, which sponsors ongoing research and training related to workplace exposures.

PMID:
23465449
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10.1016/j.cnur.2012.12.004
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